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Frizell targeting quick return to play

“Hopefully in the next few weeks you will see me back on the paddock," Frizell said.

nib Newcastle Knights forward Tyson Frizell is fast-tracking a return to the playing field.

After suffering a nasty syndesmosis injury in the dying stages of the Round 12 win over Manly, the strong running back rower was faced with surgery and a lengthy lay-off.

The injury occurred right on the cusp of State of Origin selection subsequently ruling Tyson out of the series.

Frizell was the latest guest on the KNIGHTS // HQ Podcast and spoke about his on-going recovery.

“I’m coming up to week three or four post-surgery so it’s tracking nicely,” Frizell said on the KNIGHTS // HQ Podcast.

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“I’d like to be back this week but these things take their time.

“I started running last week which was great for myself having not been able to for a couple of weeks.”

Injuries are a tough pill to swallow in professional sport.

Adding insult to injury, Frizell was set to feature in his 15th straight State of Origin match having become a mainstay in the Blues line-up since his debut in 2016.

The 29-year-old also played in every game for the Knights leading up to the injury scoring three tries, average 118 running metres and playing almost every game for 80 minutes.

Frizell reflected on the cruel blow of missing the State of Origin series.

“You have injuries where you have a bit of a scare, but you’re able to walk it off," Frizell said.

“It wasn’t happening that way and I felt something there, but the extent of it, I wasn’t sure.

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“I still had my hopes of going into (Origin) camp but it wasn’t to be.

“It was great to see those guys put on a dominant performance.

“I was a bit jealous I wasn’t able to be a part of it but so pumped as a player for NSW and a fan (as well)."

Tyson also provided an insight into the surgery which has allowed him to fast-track his recovery process.

The syndesmosis injury is a high ankle sprain which also ruled out Bradman Best who suffered the same injury against South Sydney two rounds ago.

Frizell has made significant strides in his process and supporters could potentially see the Origin and Test representative back on the field in the near future.

“As technology has got better, they’ve realised there is a ligament that holds the two bones together," Frizell explained.

“They call it a tightrope surgery now, where they put two little buttons on either side of your ankle and tie pretty much a rope around it to hold it together.

“Recovery rate used to be about 12 plus weeks but they’ve worked their way down six to eight weeks."

Episode 9 of the KNIGHTS // HQ Podcast is out now with Tyson Frizell.

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